Brill Bruisers


The New Pornographers


Amoeba Review

The New Pornographers are back in a big way with Brill Bruisers. While the band’s past couple of outings have struggled to match the energy of their roof-burning early work, Brill Bruisers comes roaring out of the gate right away with AC Newman’s School House Rock-style title track. Neko Case takes the lead on a few sublime tracks, like the scenic “Champions of Red Wine,” while Destroyer’s Dan Bejar’s songs carry just that right amount of oddity to make the whole album a bit more magical, as on the swirling new wave of “War on the East Coast.” Songs like “Family Fools” are some of their best Fleetwood Mac-style aural dreamscapes of layered vocals and lush synths, and gorgeous harmonies abound, as on the pretty “Backstairs.” Occasionally New Pornographers fall into the trap of their songs being more clever than emotional, but even still, those songs keep you interested by finding new ways to approach the same old power-pop, using vocal aerobics on “Hi-Rise” and giving a lovely sentiment some quizzical melodicism for added depth on “You Tell Me Where.” It’s perhaps their strongest work since high-water mark Twin Cinema, a return-to-form that longtime fans will no doubt find to be a perfect end-of-summer gift from the gods.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
File/Price
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1.
Brill Bruisers
The New Pornographers 02:56
2.
Champions Of Red Wine
The New Pornographers 03:40
3.
Fantasy Fools
The New Pornographers 03:26
4.
War on the East Coast
The New Pornographers 03:58
5.
Backstairs
The New Pornographers 04:23
6.
Marching Orders
The New Pornographers 04:19
7.
Another Drug Deal of the Heart
The New Pornographers 01:28
8.
Born With a Sound
The New Pornographers , Amber Webber 02:55
9.
Wide Eyes
The New Pornographers 02:56
10.
Dancehall Domine
The New Pornographers 03:18
11.
Spidyr
The New Pornographers 02:21
12.
Hi-Rise
The New Pornographers 03:16
13.
You Tell Me Where
The New Pornographers 04:05

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